To many, Leviticus is difficult to understand and can seem distant from contemporary life. In reality, it has much to teach Christians about God, sin, holiness, worship, and ethical living, and it provides the framework for greater understanding of Christ's atoning work. Joe Sprinkle offers historical and cultural information, in addition to insightful commentary on the text, in order to help any teacher bring Leviticus alive for today's audience.
Numbers tells of the journey from Sinai to the Jordan and of the rebellion of the people that led to forty years of wilderness wandering. This commentary helps the reader navigate the lists, laws, and narratives of Numbers in order to illuminate the important lessons of Numbers that apply today: the dangers of disobedience, the fulfillment of God's promises, the importance of godly leadership, and God's commitment to his people.
About the Author;
Joe M. Sprinkle (PhD, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion) is professor of Old Testament at Crossroads College in Rochester, Minnesota. He is author of The Book of the Covenant: A Literary Approach and Biblical Law and Its Relevance, as well as articles in journals, dictionaries, and a study Bible.
A valuable addition to this very useful series. Not only is Sprinkle's work exegetically accurate, his theological summaries are concise and insightful. This book is especially necessary now to provide a firm foundation for interpreting this part of the Pentateuch at a time when people know less about this crucial part of God's revelation than ever.
This commentary deserves a wide reading. Sprinkle frequently cites the results of archaeology that illustrate the biblical text and has modern, moving illustrations that illuminate the theological content of the sections he is explaining from Leviticus and Numbers. This work will be a great source for Bible teachers to teach the text in a contextual and exegetically responsible way.